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Fish consumption may prolong life
Consumption of fish and long-chain omega-3 fatty acids was associated with lower risks of early death in a Journal of Internal Medicine study. (2018-07-18)

Publishing surgeons' performance may encourage risk averse behaviour
Publishing the performance of individual surgeons using crude figures on death rates (as is planned in the United Kingdom) can be misleading and is not in the best interests of patients, conclude researchers in this week's BMJ. (2003-07-03)

Can weekend sleep make up for the detriments of sleep deprivation during the week?
In a recent Journal of Sleep Research study, short, but not long, weekend sleep was associated with an increased risk of early death in individuals under 65 years of age. (2018-05-23)

Hospital mortality: When failure is not a good measure of success
Current measures of hospital mortality, especially when derived from administrative data, are limited as a performance measure. (2008-07-14)

Many young children with liver failure die while waiting for a transplant or soon after receiving one
A new analysis reveals unacceptable mortality rates in young US children with chronic liver disease while they are on transplant waiting lists as well as after transplantation. (2016-10-27)

For American youth, rich-poor gap in life expectancy narrowing: Free
The life expectancy gap between America's rich and poor is shrinking for the young, a new study reports. In fact, life expectancy at birth has been improving for virtually all income groups born in 1990 onward. (2016-04-21)

Global analysis reveals why many bat populations are in decline
Many of the 1,300 species of bat are considered to be threatened and declining. A new analysis reveals trends and causes of death in bats around the world, shedding new light on the possible factors underlying population declines. (2016-01-19)

Child heart deaths at Bristol fall below national average
Child heart deaths at the Bristol Royal Infirmary have fallen markedly, to below the national average, finds a study in this week's BMJ. (2004-10-07)

Seasonality of mortality: Summer vacation link?
Mortality rates in several Mediterranean countries decline in September, due in part to environmental factors but possibly linked to summer vacations, suggests a new study in CMAJ. (2009-09-21)

Smoking linked to higher risk of death among colorectal cancer survivors
Colorectal cancer survivors who smoke cigarettes were at more than twice the risk of death than non-smoking survivors, according to a new American Cancer Society study (2015-02-03)

UK breast cancer mortality rates have fallen faster than in other European countries
Population-based breast cancer mortality rates in the UK have fallen steeply in the last two decades -- more than in any other major European country, finds a study published on today. These results challenge claims that survival after breast cancer is worse in the UK than elsewhere in western Europe. (2010-08-11)

Marijuana legalization reduces opioid deaths
A new Economic Inquiry study finds that marijuana access leads to reductions in opioid-related deaths. (2019-08-07)

Dealing with dying
In our post 9/11 world, Americans demand more -- more food, more drink, more time with friends and family, and more time for religion. Research in the June issue of the Journal of Consumer Research examines how consumer behavior is affected by ideas of mortality --called mortality salience. In addition, the study explores the role of self-esteem in consumer responses to mortality salience. (2005-06-02)

Vitamin E may increase the life expectancy of restricted groups of men
Several large randomized trials of humans found that vitamin E supplementation does not reduce mortality. However, depending on the level of smoking and dietary vitamin C intake, vitamin E supplementation may extend the lifespan of restricted groups of men. (2011-01-20)

Far 'over-the-hill' lies the plateau of human mortality
Above age 105, the rise in risk of death by age slows -- and even plateaus -- according to a new study, one that provides valuable insight into one of the most fundamental questions of human aging; Is there a fixed maximum lifespan for humans? (2018-06-28)

Transport Patterns Affect Adolescent Health
Transport patterns are an important determinant in adolescent health and strategies to influence these patterns could substantially reduce mortality from road crashes. (1998-03-20)

Buprenorphine: Being out of treatment increases risk of death nearly 30-fold
This article appears in the July/August 2017 edition of Annals of Family Medicine. (2017-07-10)

No change in the link between deprivation and death since 1900s
The link between deprivation and premature death is as strong today as it was in the early 1900s according to research published on today. (2009-09-10)

Time lived with obesity linked with mortality
Monash University researchers have found the number of years individuals live with obesity is directly associated with the risk of mortality. (2011-03-21)

Evidence of PSA screening efficacy lacking
There is no evidence to support speculation that prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening has contributed to a decline in prostate cancer mortality rates since 1995, a new study has determined. The value of such screening remains controversial. (2002-03-04)

Study examines association between weight amount and cause of death
The association between weight and causes of death can vary considerably, with obesity associated with a significantly increased mortality from cardiovascular disease, underweight associated with increased mortality from primarily non-cancer, non-CVD causes, and overweight associated with increased mortality from diabetes and kidney disease combined, but with reduced mortality from other non-cancer non-CVD causes of death, according to a study in the Nov. 7 issue of JAMA. (2007-11-06)

Genetically low vitamin D associated with increased mortality
Genetically low vitamin D levels are associated with increased all cause mortality, (including cancer), but not with cardiovascular mortality, finds a large Danish study published in the BMJ this week. (2014-11-18)

Vitamin E may decrease and increase mortality of male smokers with high dietary vitamin C intake
Six-year vitamin E supplementation decreased mortality by 41 percent in elderly male smokers who had high dietary vitamin C intake, but increased mortality by 19 percent in middle-aged smokers who had high vitamin C intake, according to a recent Finnish study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. (2009-02-14)

Death rate in pensioners reduced by regular health worker visits
Old people are less likely to die if they receive regular home visits from health professionals. A Swedish study published today in the open access journal BMC Public Health reveals that people over the age of 75 who received home visits from health professionals, twice a year for two years, had a mortality rate nearly half that of pensioners who did not receive any visits. (2006-08-30)

Hypertension study proves treatment with RAAS inhibitors saves lives
RAAS inhibitors showed a 5 percent reduction in all-cause mortality and a 7 percent reduction in cardiovascular mortality when compared with control antihypertensive therapy. (2012-04-17)

Election to head of government linked to greater risk of early death
Election to head of government is associated with an increased risk of death compared with runner-up candidates, finds a study in the Christmas issue of The BMJ. (2015-12-14)

Amenable death in Europe: Health care expenditure decreases mortality rates
The June issue of Health Affairs includes an analysis of amenable mortality rates -- rates of deaths that are potentially preventable with available health care treatment options -- in 17 European countries, which found that higher health care expenditure was associated with lower amenable mortality and with smaller absolute inequalities in amenable mortality. (2017-06-05)

Having children lowers mortality in people with type 1 diabetes, but for women more than men
New research published at this week's annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes in Barcelona, Spain, shows that having children lowers mortality in people with type 1 diabetes, but for women more than men. The research is by Dr Lena Sjöberg, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland, and National Institute for Health and Welfare, Helsinki, Finland, and colleagues. (2013-09-24)

Unraveling the exponential rise of the US drug overdose epidemic
The exponential growth in overall mortality from unintentional drug overdoses in recent decades is a composite of multiple underlying sub-epidemics of different drug types, each with its own unique set of social and geographic characteristics, reports a new study. (2018-09-20)

Reduction in air pollution from wood stoves associated with significantly reduced risk of death
Male deaths from all-causes, but particularly cardiovascular and respiratory disease, could be significantly reduced with a decrease in biomass smoke (smoke produced by domestic cooking and heating and woodland fires), a paper published today on suggests. (2013-01-08)

Widowed facing higher mortality risk, MSU researcher finds
Married people in the United States are living longer these days, but the widowed are experiencing a higher mortality rate, according to new research by a Michigan State University sociologist. (2009-12-02)

Off The Cuff: Pulse Pressure Serves As Marker For Heart Disease Death
A novel form of blood pressure reading can be a strong predictor of coronary heart disease death, according to a study reported by a Paris team of researchers in this month's Hypertension, an American Heart Association journal. (1997-12-09)

Age does not contribute to COVID-19 susceptibility
Scientists have estimated that the age of an individual does not indicate how likely they are to be infected by SARS-CoV-2. However, development of symptoms, progression of the disease, and mortality are age-dependent. (2020-10-12)

Gender gap in death from heart attack reduces particularly in younger women
The gender gap in death from heart attack has reduced over the past two decades particularly in younger women, according to research presented today at ESC Congress.1 The study in over 50 000 patients found that overall in-hospital mortality for heart attack patients was halved during the 20 year period. (2017-08-26)

ARDS mortality is unchanged since 1994
Mortality in patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) has not fallen since 1994, according to a comprehensive review of major studies that assessed ARDS deaths. This disappointing finding contradicts the common wisdom that ARDS mortality has been in steady decline. (2009-01-23)

Long-Term Olive Oil Consumption And Coronary Mortality
People who consume Mediterranean diets rich in olive oil have lower coronary mortality. Healthy men who used olive oil instead of saturated fats for eight weeks had increased plasma triglycerides but lower LDL-cholesterol and clotting factor VII. The long-term significance in relation to decreased coronary mortality remains to be established. (1998-09-04)

Study questions use of androgen deprivation therapy for certain prostate cancer cases
Among men with unfavorable-risk prostate cancer and moderate or severe co-existing illness, long-term follow-up finds that radiation therapy alone vs radiation therapy and androgen deprivation therapy was associated with decreased overall and cardiac mortality, according to a study in the Sept. 22/29 issue of JAMA. (2015-09-22)

Study finds little improvement in mortality rate for extremely preterm infants since 2000
Accurate data on how those infants fare is important as doctors and parents face difficult decisions. Dr. Michael Malloy, a neonatologist and professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, recently took a closer look at the infant mortality rates of extremely preterm infants. Many found significant improvements in the infant mortality rate among extremely preterm infants before 2000, there has been little improvement since the turn of the century. (2015-08-13)

Adverse consequences of obesity may be greater than previously thought
The link between obesity and cardiovascular mortality may be substantially underestimated, while some of the adverse consequences of being underweight may be overstated, concludes a study published on today. (2009-12-22)

Some screening tests should not be advocated
Certain screening tests for cancer are of unproved value and should not be advocated, argues a senior doctor in this week's BMJ. (2004-02-05)

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